Pierre Cardin is known as controversy's child and with his new project project he is again in news. He is about to build a luxury building wherein a medium sized apartment would be out of the reach for the common public.
Brushing away the questions being raised about the project, Cardin said, “Have you seen the bubble house in Cannes? They wanted me to pull it down. I didn't budge and I said put me in prison and then you will see. Now they have asked it to be made as a historic monument.” The Palais Lumiere or the Palace of Light, reported AFP, would be completed in three years and would be built just 6 miles from Venice.
The 1.5 to 2 billion euros project will house luxury hotel, restaurants and even a fashion university. A mid-sized apartment in the Palace of lights would cost around 2 million Euros. Pointing to the highest point of the prototype, the 90-year-old architect Pierre Cardin said, “That would be my apartment near the sky.” The project that claims that it would clear up the environment would also create 5000 jobs that is sure to go well with the recently laid off factory workers in Venice.
The Mayor of Venice, Giorgio Orsoni was quite happy with the progress and said, “This is an interesting project that may work for the recovery of urban fabric and be the sign of innovation.” But most of the Venicians want to preserve the old architecture of the city and the skyline. One of the citizens, who obviously does not appreciate the new idea of Place of Light said, “A person just cannot come and decide something like this.”